View Full Version : Saving energy is everyone's business

Rudolph Muller
01-24-2012, 01:55 PM
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has urged South Africans to use electricity wisely in order to secure a sustainable future for the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 49m 2012 Plan in Emalahleni on Sunday, the minister said that saving electricity and using it efficiently was the responsibility of all South Africans.

The 49m campaign is an Eskom initiative that has been endorsed by government and business partners. It was launched by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe last year and is the country's biggest energy saving movement. It seeks to address the issue of the country's constrained power system.

Gigaba said the campaign's message was that saving electricity and using it efficiently was everyone's responsibility.

"What we are trying to do with this campaign is to explain why electricity is important, why saving it is important and how people can do that," he said.

Gigaba stressed that electricity was vital for the economic and social development of South Africa.
Households and new human settlements required electricity as well as developing industries, he pointed out.

"It is also important to save electricity for the future. We need to learn to use electricity efficiently for a sustainable future."

People also needed to understand the benefits of using electricity more wisely, which include more money in their pockets due to reduced electricity bills, he added.

Eskom Chairman Zola Tsotsi explained that 49m, represented 49 million which is the population of the country.

"49m consists of the idea that each and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that we exercise some saving in the supply and use of electricity so that there is a greater amount available to the country," he said.

Tsotsi added that it was significant that the campaign started in Emalahleni which was a major player in power production and was home to a number of power stations.

He said he was impressed with the positive response the campaign had received from Emalahleni residents.

"They understand the full impact of what we are talking about. I believe they will be very involved in the campaign and that we will have their full cooperation," Tsotsi added. - BuaNews

01-24-2012, 02:55 PM
And building power stations is government's business. Making sure you dont ignore warnings about running out of electricity may also be good.

01-24-2012, 04:09 PM
Why don't they just make it mandatory for everyone to turn off their power for 30 minutes everyday? It will save so much power and is very doable for all people.

01-24-2012, 08:13 PM
Seriously government would of sorted out the power crisis long-time ago with Solar Powered fans(whatever they call them). Now all us have to be penalized with Electricity Hikes cause the state doesn't have enough money to build another plant.

Seriously I was thinking going prepaid route but Eskom have put their free prepaid meters on hold. I am annoyed at getting rough estimate every month and when they do come read the meters the electricity consumption is the same, over R800 without using a stove.

01-24-2012, 09:48 PM
We definitely need to make a move now in terms of using newer technologies. How much longer are they going to use coal before they realise there is no more coal? They should start looking at alternatives, ie, solar. What ever happened to that pebble bed modular reactor project?